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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "SOSC 202"
COURSE NAME: "Introduction to Sociology"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Isabella Clough Marinaro
EMAIL: frconti@johncabot.edu
HOURS: MW 1:30-2:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and practices of the study of society. Students will learn central ideas such as socialization, culture, stratification, institutions, work organization, gender, ethnicity, race and globalization. They will also learn about how sociologists practice their craft reading about studies of current social issues - inequality, changes in family life, social movements and others - and by carrying out small scale out-of-class research assignments.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
The course covers the major scientific approaches to understanding society, culture and institutions, and the basic methods and perspectives of sociology. We examine the history, development and core concepts of sociology and we then take up important issues in the structure and dynamics of social life: education, culture, religion, class, race and gender, deviance, the family, globalization, migration, religion, media and social change. By the end of the course students will have some initial experience in putting these methods into practice as well. They will be in a position to express their ideas about society – based upon study rather than merely opinion – in writing and orally. They will also be familiar with some electronic databases available to researchers on social issues. Classes will provide a mixture of lectures and group discussion based on contemporary topics and materials. Students are expected to do the required readings in the textbook and additional handouts in preparation for discussion in the following class, and to participate actively in those discussions.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Having taken this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe, interpret and evaluate various aspects of  western societies
  2. Show awareness of the most significant social transformations and societal processes that characterize contemporary societies;
  3. Reflect in a theoretically informed way on society, engaging our own taken for granted beliefs and values;
  4. Analyze and identify significant social issues using a broad sociological perspective
  5. Conceptualize society via its main institutions
  6. Explain and exemplify main sociological concepts such as social class, socialization, social and cultural stratification,  deviance, social interaction, gender, race and power.
  7. Discuss sociology’s contribution to the study of modern society and global transformations

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Sociology: introductory readings Giddens, Anthony and Sutton, Philip Polity press 13-978-0-7456-4883-5   

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Sociology MattersRichard Schaefer McGraw Hill 0073528250   
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Mid-term Exam:A combination of short and long answer questions which wil demonstrate students’ ability to identify, understand and critically discuss the concepts learned in the course and to apply them to analyzing specific cases of social problems. 20%
Final Exam: A combination of short and long answer questions which wil demonstrate students’ ability to identify, understand and critically discuss the concepts learned in the course and to apply them to analyzing specific cases of social problems. 25%
Research paper Students will write a research paper on a topic which interests them and is relevant to the course, based on AT LEAST 3 published sociological studies. The term paper will be graded based upon students’ ability to develop a realistic research question, synthesize and critically analyze the materials used and to present their own original conclusions in a logical, coherent, well-argued and unbiased manner. Students should discuss their chosen topic with the professor as early as possible in the semester and must hand in an outline (providing the research question, hypothesis, main points around which the paper is to be structured and a bibliography) 25%
Field-work Observation The written and oral explanation of out of class research will be graded based upon having carried out the research observation assigned in an efficient manner to be able to answer the questions involved, and on students’ ability to explain what they did, what they found and what conclusions they come to in a logical and coherent fashion. 15%
Attendance and Participation Class participation grading is based upon attendance, regular participation in class discussion, generating good questions or interesting insights to fuel class conversation. 15%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the cour
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant. Letter grades and corresponding percentages for this class 94 – 100 points = A 90 – 93.99 pts = A- 87 – 89.99 = B+ 83 – 86.99 = B 80 – 82.99 = B- 77 – 79.99 = C+ 70 – 76.99 = C 60 – 69.99 = D 59.99 – 0 = F

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY

Attendance is mandatory and makes up 15% of your final grade.I will accept a maximum of two absences, after which I will detract 2% of your final grade for each absence.
You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until May 11.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE


Session

Session Focus

Reading Assignment

Recommended Additional Reading and Additional Assignments

WK 1A

21 Jan

Intro: What is sociology?

The Sociological Imagination

 Ch 1: Private Troubles, Public issues / C Wright-Mills

Ch 3: What is Sociology For? / Richard Jenkins

 Schaefer Ch 1 p3-7

WK 1B

23 Jan

Origins and early development of Sociology

Ch4: Human History as Class Conflict / Karl Marx

Ch 19: The Spirit of Capitalism / Max Weber

 Schaefer Ch 1 p.9-14

WK 2A

28 Jan

Contemporary Perspectives Part 1

Ch 5: From Mechanical to Organic Solidarity / Emile Durkheim

 Schaefer Ch 1 p. 15-20

WK 2B

30 Jan

Contemporary Perspectives Part 2

 

 

WK 3A

4 Feb

Culture


Schaefer Ch 2 p38-53

WK 3B

6 Feb

Sociological research methods and ethics

Ch 9: Quantitative versus Qualitative Methods? / Alan Bryman


Ch 11: Researching Individual Lives / Barbara Merrill & Linden Wes

 Schaefer Ch 1 p.21-31

WK 4A

11 Feb

Socialization Part 1

Ch 22: The Hidden Curriculum – A Teacher’s View / John Taylor Gatto

 Schaefer Ch 2 p. 54-71

WK 4B

13 Feb

Socialization Part 2

Ch 34: Presenting the self in everyday life / Ervin Goffman

 

WK4C

15 Feb

FRIDAY

Society, Social Structure and Social Interaction


 Schaefer Ch 3 p. 77-89

WK 5A

18 Feb

Groups and Organizations


 Schaefer Ch 3 p. 93-98

WK 5B

20 Feb

Deviance, Crime and Social Control Part 1

Ch 44: The Normality of Deviance / Emile Durkheim

Schaefer Ch 4 p.101-108

WK 6A

25 Feb

 Deviance, Crime and Social Control Part 2

 Ch 46: The Birth of the Prison - M. Foucault

 Schaefer Ch 4 p.109-1127

WK 6B

27 Feb

 

 

 

WK 7A

4 March

MID-TERM EXAM



WK7B

6 March

Library Session

 

 

WK7C

8 March

FRIDAY

Class and Inequality Part 1

Ch 24: What is Social Stratification? / Wendy Bottero


Schaefer Ch 5 p.130-140

SPRING

BREAK



WK 8A

18 March

Class and Inequality Part 2

 Ch 27: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Social Class/ Rosemary Crompton

 Schaefer Ch 5 p.140-161

WK 8B

20 March

Race and Ethnicity

Part 1


Ch 36: Hollywood's Misrepresentation of Arabs /
Jack G. Shaheen

 Schaefer Ch 6 p.164-174

WK 9A

25 March

 Race and Ethnicity

Part 2
Deadline for research paper outlines

 Ch 26: P. Hill Collins - intersecting inequalities

 Schaefer Ch 6 p.174-185

WK 9B

27 March

White priviledge

Handout: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack


WK 10A

1 April

Gender and Inequality Part 1

 

 Ch. 25: Woman- The Second Sex? / Simone De Beauvoir

 Schaefer Ch 7 p.188-198

WK 10B

3 April

Gender and Inequality Part 2

Ch 35: Throwing Like Girl / Iris Marion Young

 Schaefer Ch 7 p.198-206

WK 11A

8 April

CLASS

CANCELLED




WK 11B

10 April

Students present fieldwork observation

Ch 6: Structuring Patriarchal Societies / Sylvia Walby


WK 11C

12 April

FRIDAY MAKE-

UP DAY

Sociology of sex

Ch. 30 Social Constructions of Sexuality / Jeffrey Weeks


WK 12A

15 April

Family

Ch 29. Life Cycle or Life Course? / Stephen Hunt


Schaefer Ch 8 p.209-221

WK 12B

17 April

Love

Ch. 31 The Normal Chaos of Love /Beck and Beck


WK 13A

NO CLASS

HOLIDAY



WK 13B

24 April

 Religion

 Ch 20: The Essence of Religion / Emile Durkheim

 Schaefer Ch 8 p.222-232

WK 14A

29 May

Health

 Ch 43: Sociology and the Body / Chris Shilling

Ch 39: Defending Parsons' sick role - Turner

 Schaefer Ch 10 p.276-286

WK 14B

1 May

NO CLASS

 ITALIAN NATIONAL HOLIDAY